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Do you take part in the vs mode (which photo is better)? out of interest what do you look for when deciding which photograph is better?
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I judge each picture on its own merits and give it some sort of rating, then pick the photo to which I have given the highest rating. It's the only realistic way to do it, otherwise you would end up constantly picking the photo in the category you prefer (eg landscapes).
It's quite strange, I've had a few goes and each choice is different, in some cases in technical, another on subject and in some cases the fact I like the picture altho it fails at the other two.
I do come across the situation I don't like both and do skip.
Poor quality isn't a massive problem for me if the picture grabs my attention
TBH, I think 'gut reaction' is the only possible basis.
Whilst waiting for a phone call, I decided to look at the gallery in VS mode. What struck me was how often I liked both photos, possibly for completely different reasons, and therefore how difficult it was to make a choice... even on a gut reaction basis.
At least with Challenges you were comparing like with like, broadly speaking. VS seems to be random and retrograde in comparison. I know Challenges fell out of favour, but perhaps something a lot better than VS could have replaced it. Or we could just accept it's not something that interests the majority.
In most cases it is reasonably obvious. I think I start with what does it do for me and then compare technical qualities. Far more difficult when the images are similar in quality. Unlike many others on this forum, I find this quite an interesting exercise. Whether it will keep me interested for an extended period remains to be seen, but so far so good.
I agree with Ian and KevSB, and revert to the skip button when 2 images are displayed that are equally good or bad, that I cannot make a choice on.
It is more challenging when 2 images are displayed that are of the same genre/catagory, as you have to look more carefully at what is making one image more appealing than another.
One observation I've noticed by the way is that it shows a lot more about me, apart from obvious category's that I personally like I've seen patterns forming in my choices, I've seen a tendency in me to choose pictures when something is happening.
I'm not a big follower of sports pictures but find myself giving them the win more often as they seem more interesting, not a fan of fluffy water but again will get my choice against most landscapes. The macro bug pics I ave no interest in but again loads of first choices just on the the quality of these pictures.
Time consuming but very interesting, look forward to see how this goes in a few weeks when the best pictures start to dominate the leader board.
I don't find judging two pics in different categories a problem, its not much different to open comps in camera clubs.
I generally pick on what I perceve to have technically the most quality or that speaks to me the most.
I use more or less the same criteria I use when I judge for EC and HCs
I pick the one that stands out for one or more of several reasons, comprising objective and subjective viewpoint.
Includes photographs that are razor sharp, perfectly exposed, superbly composed, fantastically edited.
Includes photographs that are original, not run of the mill, different than the norm. Ones that make me think 'wow never seen that before!'
Treatment of the subject matter
The way a particular subject is approached, shallow depth-of-field for a wild flower may do better than a front to back sharp meadow. A side profile of a fox may do better than a head on shot, a racing car panned is likely to work better than one that looks as though it's stood still etc.
Includes photographs that break rules, stand out for odd colours, interesting compositions, selective focus etc.
A badly framed or titled photo may lose mental points and a perfectly presented photo may gain points, but essentially it's the centre that counts.
Using this criteria it doesn't matter what the subject is it just becomes difficult when either are either extremely good or extremely poor. Then I either skip or wish I could put both forward.
When they are both really good (and only then) I might apply another aspect
Personal appeal to me for one reason or another.
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